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    Which series 2 to buy for easiest hacking?

    Hi,

    What would be a good series 2 to buy if I want its hacking to be the easiest possible?
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    TCD240040 or HDVR2

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJBliss
    TCD240040 or HDVR2
    The TiVo site does not list the model that I can see, but the one you describe is this one, right?

    http://www.tivo.com/2.1.1.asp

    The 40 hour version, am I correct?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Masnark
    The TiVo site does not list the model that I can see, but the one you describe is this one, right?

    http://www.tivo.com/2.1.1.asp

    The 40 hour version, am I correct?
    No. The silver ones (model number starts with 5) need hardware modificiations to be hacked. The black ones (starts with 1 or 2, but 2 is better) are easily hacked via software only.

    The Tivo site will most likely only sell the latest model. You will have to find a retailer to get an older series.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fixn278
    No. The silver ones (model number starts with 5) need hardware modificiations to be hacked. The black ones (starts with 1 or 2, but 2 is better) are easily hacked via software only.

    The Tivo site will most likely only sell the latest model. You will have to find a retailer to get an older series.
    Thanks for that clarification!
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    Hmm.. I searched the following:

    CompUSA (In 50 mile radius - item is marked store-pickup only)
    Buy.COM
    Circuit City
    4sure.com
    Outpost (frys)
    J&R
    Best-buy
    Radio-Shack

    No luck -- anybody knows of somewhere else where I may be able to find it?

    As a last resort, I am willing to buy it from Ebay, but only if somebody here will vouch for a specific seller and if I can get it quickly.

    Thanks again for your help guys.
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    basically all tivos currently on the market are series "2.5" units. these include the new toshiba dvd burning unit, all humax units, the R10 directivo units, and the silver/540/nightlight units. these all require a prom mod to hack.

    your main source is going to be ebay, or possibly an open box or old stock unit.
    Step one: search button!
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    Tivo is selling S2 refurbs with factory warranty and $100 mail-in

    You may get lucky; I bought my first TiVo - a refurb 240080 - from Tivo's web site for $199 with a $100 mail-in rebate in January. Yes, I know the photos show series 2.5 units - not what they sent me. I didn't know any better when I ordered it.

    I was going to hack it, but within 2 days I couldn't bear to be without it whilst I did so, so I built up a Series 1 Philips from parts units with a cachecard and a 200GB Barracuda. (Now that was a doddle to hack).

    Using raw mfs_ftp on the S1/cachecard is ~= 2 x the speed of TTG over a S2/Linksys wired USB dongle, BTW...

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